NINTENDO DEVICES

Nintendo devices

Introduction

Nintendo or we can say the Disney of video games. Nintendo is a huge,powerful and overwhelming force in the video game world with characters like Super Mario and Donkey Kong.   

The Japanese multinational consumer electronics company Nintendo has developed 7 home video game consoles and multiple portable consoles for use with external media, as well as dedicated consoles and other hardware for their consoles. Nintendo has sold millions of units.

List of Gaming consoles-

  • Color TV Game series-The Color TV Game series includes 5 different pieces of hardware, each one with a unique game. 

Color TV Game systems did not have exchangeable cartridges, so each console could only play a single title.

Years- 1977-1979.

The NES could play different titles on interchangeable cartridges that could be purchased in stores unlike the other Color TV Games.

Year-1985.

It was the first 16-bit console by Nintendo.

Year-1991.

  • Nintendo 64Nintendo 64 greatly featured improved 3D graphics and a brand new controller that introduced the modern joystick. 

It was also the 1st home console to have four controller ports built into the system. 

Year-1996.

  • GameCubeThe GameCube greatly featured enhanced graphics and a new controller. 

As the games came on mini-disc it was the 1st Nintendo home console to solely use a disc format for games. 

It was also the one and only Nintendo system to require additional memory cards in order to save progress. 

Year-2001.

  • Panasonic QThe Panasonic Q is a blended version of the Nintendo GameCube with the ability to play DVDs, Audio CDs, MP3s and CDs as well as many other new features. 

It was only released in Japan. 

Year-2001.

  • Wii-The Wii Mini is a little version of the Wii console that lacked many of the Wii’s features which include internet connectivity and Gamecube backwards capability. It was 1st released in Canada and then in North America and Europe. 

Year-2012.

  • Wii U-The Wii U features a brand new controller known as the Wii U GamePad, which has a 6.2″ touch screen built into it. It also boasts new 1080p HD graphics only on the TV screen. 

It was released in 2 models: white (8gb) and black (32gb). 

It has an NFC chip used to scan in amiibo

Year-2012.

  • NES Classic Edition-The NES Classic Edition is a mini console that imitate the experience of the Nintendo Entertainment System. 

It includes 30 classic NES games and is compatible with the Wii Classic Controller and NES Classic Edition controller.

Year-2016.

  • Nintendo Switch-The Nintendo Switch is a newest hybrid of home and portable gaming systems. 

It features a portable console with a screen that can be anchored to display on larger displays. 

It features modular controllers that can attach to the device itself, a grip or in each of the user’s hands. 

Year-2017.

It features 20 built in games plus Star Fox 2, which was previously unreleased and can be unlocked after playing the 1st mission of the original game. 

Year-2017.

There have been sixty different variations of the Game & Watch system. 

Year-1980.

  • Game Boy-The Game Boy was the 1st portable, transposable cartridge handheld by Nintendo. 

Games were 8-bit black-and-white, played on a green-tinted screen. The system had a red LED which showed the remaining power. 

It could last for over 30 hours on its required 4 AA batteries. 

Year-1989.

  • Virtual Boy-The first Nintendo console with 3D graphics and the concept was to create a virtual reality experience. 

The system featured a pair of goggles to look into which sent a slightly different image to each eye which created a 3D effect. The graphics could only be displayed in 2 colors red and black. The system reportedly caused headaches and nausea, leading to low sales. 

It was discontinued less than a year after it was released. 

Year-1995.

  • Game Boy Pocket-Similar to the Game Boy but slimmer with a monochrome screen rather than the original pea soup screen. 

It takes 2 AAA batteries and lasts for a little less time. 

The 1st release of the Game Boy Pocket did not come with the red LED.

Nintendo added the LED to the system because of high demand.

Year-1996.

  • Game Boy Light– The native to this product is Japan. It is similar to the Game Boy Pocket except it featured a backlit screen for playing in the dark. It ran on 2 AA batteries. 

Year-1997.

  • Pokemon Pikachu-The Pokemon Pikachu is a virtual pet toy and pedometer similar to a Tamagotchi. The player takes care of a virtual pet Pikachu. 

Year-1998.

  • Game Boy Color-It is similar to the Game Boy but it has color graphics. It also had many technical enhancements which included a more powerful processor and an infrared wireless link-up port. 

This system was technically compared to the NES and the only exception was the Game Boy Color has a larger color palette. There is no backlight on the screen. 

Year-1998.

  • Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS-The Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS is a virtual pet toy and pedometer.The player doesn’t have to take care of Pikachu unlike the original Pokemon Pikachu.

Year-1999.

  • Game Boy Advance-The Game Boy Advance was a vital improvement over the Game Boy Color with a new handheld shape, shoulder buttons and better graphics. 

It was technically a contrast to the Super Nintendo console, except that the Game Boy Advance’s 16-bit sound is not as powerful as the console’s. 

Some games were again made from the Super Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance had to remix their soundtracks so they would work on the handheld system. This is clearly obvious in the Donkey Kong Country series. 

Year-2001.

  • Pokemon Mini-The Pokemon Mini is a Nintendo handheld themed around Pokemon. Only ten games were made for it.The Nintendo GameCube game, Pokemon Channel, features a Pokemon Mini emulator and 6 games. 

Year-2001.

  • Game Boy Advance SP-The Game Boy Advance SP was the 1st Game Boy to have a clamshell design which was much like the Nintendo DS. The Game Boy Advance SP featured much better graphics and a front-lit screen which could be turned on or off for the model AGS-001. 

The newer model, AGS-101 features a backlight screen with adjustable brightness. The system’s game compatibility is identical to the Game Boy Advance’s. 

Year-2003.

  • Nintendo DS-The Nintendo DS featured 2 screens, the bottom one being a touch screen. The system also had very enhanced graphics. It featured backwards compatibility with Game Boy Advance games and was often blasted for its bulky design. It is often referred to as the ‘DS Phat’ by fans. 

Year-2004.

  • Game Boy Micro-This was the last Game Boy in the line and was the compact handheld ever released. It featured a lack of backwards compatibility which is only able to play Game Boy Advance games. The screen was about 2/3 the size of the original Game Boy Advance’s. 

Year-2005.

  • Nintendo DS Lite-This was the 1st redesign of the Nintendo DS line. It was much smaller than the original Nintendo DS and featured a very bright screen. It has backwards compatibility for Game Boy Advance games which continued with the DS Lite. 

Year-2006.

  • Nintendo DSi-The 2nd redesign of the Nintendo DS line. It was the 1st Nintendo handheld to feature multimedia. 

It featured a 0.3 megapixel camera that a person could have fun with by editing pictures etc. It also featured a music app where a person could record your voice and then play around with it. One could also listen to actual music. 

It featured the shop app where one could download games etc. The backwards compatibility for Game Boy Advance games disappeared in this version of the DS. 

Year-2008.

  • Nintendo DSi XL-This was actually the last redesign of the Nintendo DS line. It was the same as the Nintendo DSi. Only exception was it featured a bigger and slimmer design with new 4.3″ dual-screens. 

Year-2010.

  • Nintendo 3DS-The Nintendo 3DS can produce 3D graphics on the top screen without the need for glasses. It also includes a portable Mii Maker and Streetpass. It was also the 1st Nintendo handheld to feature a joystick. 

Year-2011.

  • Nintendo 3DS XL-The 3DS XL was released on the date July 21, 2012 in Japan and on August 19, 2012 in the USA and other countries. The 3DS XL features very bigger 5″ screens. 

Year-2012.

  • The New Nintendo 3DS-The New Nintendo 3DS is an alteration of the Nintendo 3DS, with new features like amiibo and the Face Plates. The console also has a 3D screen which can be viewed in different angles and 2 new buttons and an additional control nub. 

Year-2014/2015.

  • New Nintendo 3DS XL-The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a bigger version of the New Nintendo 3DS. (2014/2015).
  • Nintendo Switch-The Nintendo Switch is the newest  hybrid of home and portable gaming systems. It features a movable console with a screen that can be docked to display on even larger displays. It features modular controllers that can attach to the device itself, a grip or in each of the user’s hands. 

Year-2017.

  • New Nintendo 2DS XL-The New Nintendo 2DS XL is a technologically improved remodel of the 2DS handheld. The console is larger than the original 2DS model and it adds all the features of the updated ‘New 3DS’ line of systems, minus the ability to play games in 3D on the top screen. 

Year-2017.

  • Witch Lite-The Nintendo Switch Lite is a forthcoming version of the Nintendo Switch that cannot  be docked into a TV and cannot have joy-cons removed. This console is built for handheld play.

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